Since the last project day and the interim presentations, our team has continued working on our ideas and begun carrying out practical experiments in the lab. The aim of these experiments was to find a new way to efficiently clean our machines using little or no acetone. We had various ideas for solutions to this. Unfortunately, we had some trouble with our idea, but we have now gathered a lot of information and are back on track. The first tests have been carried out; some unsuccessful, some successful. This has enabled us to rule out some of our ideas and we are now making progress. Our next goal will be to find out if it is possible to mix the acetone with water. This will ensure fairly rapid evaporation. We are considering trying the whole process with just the mill for now, as the extruder is heated to 100°C.
When we came into the meeting room, we didn’t really know what to expect from the kickoff day. But as soon as they started, Mischa and Dominik made sure we were all on the same page. They came over as very likeable and you could tell that they care about this issue and want to teach us about it.
Team 1 has set itself the goal of improving IGP’s solvent-free status by significantly reducing the use of acetone in the lab. Acetone is currently used for efficient and effective cleaning of machinery and equipment. IGP has already made progress in this area, having reduced our acetone consumption by more than half over the last five years. In the past, these measures mainly focused on production, which is why the team now plans to focus on the lab, where they have identified additional potential for using less acetone.